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Best Bluetooth headsets of 2022: top picks for hands-free conference calls and home working

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If you're looking for the best Bluetooth headsets in 2022, then you've come to the right place. Bluetooth headsets remain incredibly useful tools, especially if you're still working from home, or have switched to a more hybrid way of work. Many of us use our phones more than ever for everything from staying in touch with our colleagues to video calling team mates, as well as friends and family.

Bluetooth headsets can help you work more comfortably while making and receiving phone calls, so it's well worth investing in one. However, there's a huge amount of choice out there, so how can you pick the best one for your needs? The good news is that we're here to help. 

The Bluetooth headsets on this page gave been picked thanks to their top-notch audio and recording quality. They all feature noise cancellation features that allow you to be heard even when you're using them in noisy environments. 

We've compared these Bluetooth headsets across numerous factors, from their build quality and design to their battery life and fit. We evaluated their noise cancellation quality, microphone clarity, and control button usefulness. We also analyzed their Bluetooth and pricing, among other things. 

No matter if you're in a car or at your desk, one of these will allow you to enjoy the benefits of hands-free calling. When compiling this list, we picked devices that make taking calls quick, easy and safe, whether you're driving, using equipment or typing on a keyboard.


The best Bluetooth headsets of 2022 in full:

Shot of the Plantronics Voyager 5200 headset with microphone arm extended

1. Plantronics Voyager 5200

Great Bluetooth headset for work and play

Specifications

Weight: 2kg
Battery life: 7 hours
NFC: No
Bluetooth version: Bluetooth 4.1

Reasons to buy

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Sweatproof
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Caller ID

Reasons to avoid

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Pricey

The Plantronics Voyager 5200 is one of the very best Bluetooth headsets around, from a brand name that is well respected when it comes to headsets. It's designed with comfort in mind, so you can wear it for extended periods without it bothering you and it sits securely in place too, so it won't fall off. 

Although the buttons on the headset are useful during calls, it's completely hands free, as caller ID will announce the name of whoever is calling you and you can simply say "answer" to take the call. Its noise-cancelling is effective even in busy environments and multiple microphones ensure strong voice quality, for a great all-round Bluetooth headset. Its also coated in sweat proof material which gives it a robustness that other Bluetooth headsets lack.

The headset's companion app also features plenty of customizations for phone calls, so you can set things up the way you like them. 

A photo of the sony headset

(Image credit: Sony)

2. Sony MBH22

A simple Bluetooth headset that's smart and reliable

Specifications

Weight: 9.3g
Battery life: 6 hours talk time / 8 days standby
Bluetooth version: Bluetooth 4.2

Reasons to buy

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Nice-looking, simple design
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Easy to use
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Better Bluetooth

Reasons to avoid

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Only one earpiece size

The Sony MBH20 headset used to sit at this point in our list. It was a simple, easy-to-use headset with good battery life, but it has since been replaced by the MBH22. Although they both have a similar, simple design, this latest model packs some newer features. 

There are the same minimal buttons, but now there's a USB Type-C connector instead of an older micro USB port. The control buttons on the headset for answering calls can also be used to navigate media files. It is still a good, comfortable fit although there is only one earpiece, which means that might not be the case for everyone. 

You can connect two phones at the same time to switch between calls if you're that in demand, as well as smart access to Google Assistant and Siri.

Plantronics Explorer 500 headset on white background

3. Plantronics Explorer 500

Lightweight Bluetooth headset that's compact and discrete

Specifications

Weight: 7.5g
Battery life: 7 hours
NFC: No
Bluetooth version: Bluetooth 4.1

Reasons to buy

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Very light
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Good voice cancelling

Reasons to avoid

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No caller ID

Plantronics simply makes phenomenal Bluetooth headsets, which is why it should come as no surprise that this isn’t the first Plantronics headset to make it on the list of the best Bluetooth headsets, and it certainly won’t be the last. 

The Plantronics Explorer 500 is built to be compact and discreet, but there is a huge amount of tech built into this tiny package, including three microphones and a boom arm for stellar voice quality. Its small size does mean its battery life isn't exactly on the same level as some competitors, but at seven hours of talk time it's still very passable. 

This Bluetooth headset doesn't come with a recharging case, so you can't enjoy the easy charging that some wireless earbuds offer. Instead, the headset has a micro USB charger for juicing its battery. 

Jabra Stealth Bluetooth headset on a white background

4. Jabra Stealth

Well designed Bluetooth headset that's small and stylish

Specifications

Weight: 7.9g
Battery life: 6 hours
Wireless range: 10m
NFC: No
Bluetooth version: Bluetooth 4

Reasons to buy

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Comfortable
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Nice design

Reasons to avoid

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Volume control is fiddly

The Jabra Stealth is one of the nicest designed Bluetooth headsets in our roundup, and not only does it look good, it also feels comfortable to wear. It is not quite as small and unnoticeable as its name suggests, but with such a nice design, you will not really mind that much. 

Perhaps most importantly, sound quality on this headset is excellent, and it does a good job of limiting background noise picked up by its mic as well. This is definitely a Bluetooth headset worth investing in if you rely on voice-free calls. 

Owing to its light weight, it sits fairly comfortably in the ears. The Bluetooth headset comes with six ear cushions and two ear hooks so that you can experiment till you find the most secure and comfortable fit for your ears.

Sennheiser Presence UC Bluetooth headset on white background

5. Sennheiser Presence UC

Multi-connectivity Bluetooth headset

Specifications

Weight: 13g
Battery life: 10 hours
Wireless range: 25m
NFC: No
Bluetooth version: Bluetooth 4.0

Reasons to buy

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Can connect to phone and laptop at same time for easy switching
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Good range

Reasons to avoid

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Not the most comfortable to wear

The Sennheiser Presence UC is a brilliant Bluetooth headset if you work in a fast-paced environment where you need to multitask, as it has a multi-connectivity feature that connects to both your phone and computer, so you can quickly switch between the two. 

It has very good sound and recording quality, and talk time is also very impressive. It's not the most comfortable headset, however, so if you need something that you're going to wear all day, then something like the Jabra Motion will be better suited to your needs. 

This Bluetooth headset has a wireless range that extends up to 80 feet, so you can move around comfortably without worrying about latency issues. Although it doesn't have a long boom arm mic as seen on some of the other Bluetooth headsets, it isolates background noise effectively to ensure your voice is heard clearly.

Jabra Steel Bluetooth headset on white background, shot from behind

6. Jabra Steel

A robust Bluetooth headset for outdoor use

Specifications

Weight: 10g
Battery life: 6 hours
Wireless range: 30m
NFC: Yes
Bluetooth version: Bluetooth 4.1

Reasons to buy

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Rugged design
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Good noise cancellation

Reasons to avoid

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Sound quality not the best
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No physical volume control buttons

If you work outside in noisy environments, and need a robust Bluetooth headset that can eliminate background sounds, then the Jabra Steel is the best Bluetooth headset for you. Resistant to dust, dirt and water, it can also survive high drops, making it an excellent headset for outdoor use - and it comes with a 5 year warranty as well.

It also features aggressive noise cancellation which will make your voice calls nice and clear, even if you work somewhere where there is a lot of background noise. Sadly, though, there are no physical volume control buttons on the actual headset, which makes it a bit annoying if you need to adjust loudness. But it comes with plenty of accessories, like ear tips, ear hooks, and even windsocks to cover the boom during windy situations. 

Plantronics M70 headset

7. Plantronics M70

Affordable Bluetooth headset with big features

Specifications

Weight: 8g
Battery life: 11 hours
NFC: No
Bluetooth version: Bluetooth 3.0

Reasons to buy

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Low price
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Long battery life

Reasons to avoid

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Not the most stylish design
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Only Bluetooth 3.0

The Plantronics M70 is the successor to the popular M55, and like its forbear, it is a budget headset, but you get a lot for your money. While it doesn't have a premium build it's perfectly comfortable to wear, it supports voice commands for truly hands-free use and the sound quality is good, especially when aided by the built in noise-cancelling tech. 

The M70 also has a DeepSleep mode which activates when it's separated from a paired smartphone for 90 minutes and leaves it with up to five months of battery life, but simply bring your phone within range and it will quickly wake up again.

The Plantronics M70 may not feel quite comfortable for users with small ears, but it comes with three language options for notifications and can activate smartphone assistants, like Siri and Cortana. 

  • This product is only available in the US and UK at the time of writing. Australian readers: check out a fine alternative in the Plantronics Voyager Edge 

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8. Jabra Wave

A great Bluetooth headset for chatterboxes

Specifications

Weight: 13.3g
Battery life: 8 hours
Wireless range: 10m
NFC: No
Bluetooth version: Bluetooth 3.0

Reasons to buy

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Good battery life
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Comfortable

Reasons to avoid

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Large
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Showing its age

With a talk time of over eight hours, the Jabra Wave is a Bluetooth headset which just keeps going and going, making it a great choice if you're going to be away from a charger for an extended period. Its fairly large size means it's not the most discreet of headsets, but it's a worthwhile trade-off for all that battery life. 

It also features strong audio quality and is good at suppressing noise, especially wind. It comes with two types of soft ear tips and a foam cover for the microphone/mouthpiece since it's likely to collect dust. Add to that easy pairing and the ability to connect it to two devices at once and the Jabra Wave is a good option.

The Jabra Wave can be adjusted, so you can use it on both ears while enjoying a reliable and comfortable fit. 

  • This product is only available in the US and UK at the time of writing. Australian readers: check out a fine alternative in the Plantronics Voyager Edge 

How to choose the best Bluetooth headsets for you?

When choosing the best Bluetooth headsets for yourself, assess your phone call requirements. You'll want a headset that boasts a large battery if you're on calls for long hours daily. A larger battery will keep the device running longer, increasing the product's overall lifespan. 

You'll want to check whether it offers noise cancellation. If you're frequently taking calls in noisy places, then you'll want a headset with powerful noise isolation. It'll also need to feature a robust microphone that can separate your voice from the background and ensure the receiver hears you clearly. 

Then, you'll want to check the type of fit it offers. If the headset is uncomfortable for people with small ears, then check if it comes with different ear tip sizes for a more customized fit. 

Lastly, look out for features like the Bluetooth range, voice assistant integration, the control buttons, and the number of devices the headset can connect to simultaneously.

The best Bluetooth headsets: How we test

We've assessed these Bluetooth headsets on multiple points, starting with their audio quality on calls. We checked their battery lives, noise cancellation quality, microphone clarity, and fit. 

If the headset wasn't offering a secure or comfortable fit, we checked if it came with extra ear tips and hooks of varying sizes. We checked the tactile control buttons on the headsets and how seamless they made the call receiving process. If the buttons helped to control media, we noted that down too. 

Lastly, we looked at whether the headset offered voice assistant integration, the Bluetooth range, and the pricing, among other aspects. 

James is a freelance phones, tablets and wearables writer and sub-editor at TechRadar. He has a love for everything ‘smart’, from watches to lights, and can often be found arguing with AI assistants or drowning in the latest apps. James also contributes to 3G.co.uk, 4G.co.uk and 5G.co.uk and has written for T3, Digital Camera World, Clarity Media and others, with work on the web, in print and on TV.